Everything You Need to Know About Vaper’s Tongue
Vapers’ tongue is a condition that will affect almost everyone who vapes. Striking out of nowhere it can leave you with a diminished sense of taste for anywhere up to three days. You won’t know what has hit you at first. Your usual favourite e-liquids suddenly taste like absolutely nothing, or even worse they start to taste like they’ve gone bad. It’s not just your vaping that’s affected though, your sense of taste when it comes to food is also diminished. I know what you’re thinking right now, what is this condition?
What is Vaper’s Tongue?
Vaper’s tongue is actually a misleading name for the condition. When you are suffering from vaper’s tongue it’s not just your tongue that is the problem. There are a number of different factors that lead to vaper’s tongue, some of them relating to the tongue, some of them not. So, what are the potential causes of vaper’s tongue?
When you smoke for a long time your tastebuds become weak. They can’t taste as well and everything tastes less strong. You may find that you are able to eat spicy food with little trouble when you’re a smoker. When you quit smoking and move to vaping your taste buds begin to get stronger again. This leads to your taste buds becoming overwhelmed with all the new strong flavours they are experiencing, this can lead them to shut down for a short while.
When you vape the inside of your mouth becomes dehydrated. That is because e-liquids suck up moisture. If you don’t drink enough water while you are vaping then your tongue will combat the dehydration process by protecting itself. This is quite clever when you think about it, but it doesn’t help you when you can’t taste. The tongue protects itself by creating a thin film that stops any e-liquid from getting to the tongue and taking moisture away from it. While this does protect to tongue, it also stops the taste buds from tasting properly.
This one is a confusing one. Why would your nose have anything to do with your tongue not tasting? Well as the throat and nasal passage are both linked your sense of smell is intrinsically linked to your sense of taste. When you have been vaping for a while it can lead to fatigue of your sense of smell. This severely impacts your sense of taste which gives the symptoms of vaper’s tongue.
Illness is another one linked to your nose. When you are ill and your nose becomes blocked it stops your sense of smell from working as efficiently as it usually does. Much the same as your nose becoming fatigued this also hinders the ability to taste properly and can be a factor in the manifestation of vaper’s tongue.
Lack of Variety
Another reason that you may begin to experience vaper’s tongue is a very simple one, lack of variety. If you find an e-liquid that you really enjoy it can be tempting to keep using it all of the time. This can lead to your taste buds getting used to the flavour and shutting themselves down. Before you know it, you’re suffering from vaper’s tongue
What Can You Do?
The simple answer is that there is no definitive answer to that question. Any one of the reasons stated above could be the reason you are suffering, and it could even be a combination of them all. That means that there are a number of different ways to try and treat vaper’s tongue, or at the very least limit the length of time it affects you.
The first and most important thing is to make sure you don’t go back to smoking. If your taste buds are getting back to their previous condition then your bout of vaper’s tongue won’t last very long. All you need to do is wait it out, returning to smoking would be the worst thing you could do.
Next up you need to think about what combats dehydration. That one is simple. You just need to drink a little more water than usual, which is good for your body anyway. If your nose isn’t giving you enough of a hit then there are two ways you can try to alleviate your symptoms. First off you can try eating something with a very strong taste to it. Maybe something spicy or minty. You could even try a menthol e-liquid. If this doesn’t work then cutting down on the vaping for a couple of days can also help speed up your recovery.
The final thing you could try is mixing up the flavour of e-liquid you use. If your taste buds and sense of smell are used to a flavour then trying some new flavours could be just the thing they need to get them fully firing again.
No matter what technique you try, just remember vaper’s tongue isn’t permanent so there is no need to panic.